Louise Nichols

Senior journalist

From cattle to coal. Once a specialist agriculture writer today its about community, in particular, the Upper Hunter. I have lived and worked in the region for more than 30 years. Land use issues and the future direction of our region. But you cannot take ag out of the picture - our food and how we grow it is the basis of all life. Covering the Hunter and Mid North Coast rural issues is now part of my role with Fairfax Media.

Latest Stories

Big dry hurting cattle prices

Big dry hurting cattle prices

First the good news our weather gurus say we are not expected to be hit by an El Nino this year however that doesn't mean we are going to enjoy lots of rain.  

Cows and conservation – a unique approach

Cows and conservation – a unique approach

Taking an innovative approach to managing bio-diversity offsets mining giant Glencore is combining conservation with cattle grazing on their 4,350 hectare Reedy Valley aggregation in the Upper Hunter.  

Be alert as stud calf missing

Be alert as stud calf missing

Livestock producers are being warned to be vigilant as higher prices including record lamb prices make stock theft even more attractive.  

Johnes forums huge

Johnes forums huge

Livestock producers have filled meeting halls to capacity as they seek answers to changes in the on-farm management of Bovine Johne’s Disease

Stud to open the farmgate

Stud to open the farmgate

​Upper Hunter stud cattle breeders Paul and Lyn Richards are part of the Northern Beef Week and will be opening their property on Saturday, July 1 from 9:00am - 4:00pm.  

Qld Gas pipeline shock

Qld Gas pipeline shock

Back in the boom days of coal seam gas development a pipeline to transport gas more than 800 kilometres from Queensland to the port of Newcastle was approved by the NSW Government.  

Purebred Angus top carcase award

Purebred Angus top carcase award

In a great result for long term organisers and supporters of the Wingham Beef Week a purebred Bonny Brooke bred Angus steer has triumphed on the hook to win grand champion carcase.

Future generation’s jobs

Future generation’s jobs

Now is the time to start planning for future land uses that will create sustainable jobs for the next generation.  

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